I camped out on Friday night, April 19, 2013 at the old family farm property. I brought everything I needed to image with my Televue TV-85 APO refractor, including my Atlas EQ-G mount. What a load! lol I had fun even with a bright moon out. As soon as Omega Centauri was visible, I started imaging it. Three minutes at ISO 400 was as much as I could go with the moonlight and LP, so I tried to get as many sub-images as possible. I ended up with 42×3 min for a total of 2 hours and 6 minutes worth of integration.
I struck out trying to image Comet Panstarrs on Sunday evening, March 24, 2013. It was just too short of a time to find it in bright twilight, bright moonlight and with its low altitude. However, I tried something to redeem myself while I still had the equipment setup. I shot the Pleiades with a bunch of 15 second unguided exposures. I managed to catch them and Comet C/2012 L2 (Linear) in the shot. This is cropped down quite a bit to just the cluster and comet.
By the way, the comet is in the lower right. Its that small greenish smudge. 🙂
M45 2011 Version – Calibrated and stacked in IRIS, export to PSD file. Post processing in PSCS2 with Noel Carboni’s Astronomy Tools, Gradient Xterminator, Neat Image, Astroplugins, DeepSkyColors HLVG and WhiteCal and CS2 Smartsharpen.
This is a composite of data taken with 2 telescopes – a Meade SN-6 and a Meade SN-8. This was in 2008.
M28 Globular Cluster in Sagittarius. 2x Drizzle processing in IRIS.
Imaging telescopes or lenses: Meade SN8
Imaging cameras: Canon EOS 350D / Digital Rebel XT
Mounts: Orion Atlas EQ-G
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Celestron 102mm F/5 Achromat
Guiding cameras: Meade DSI I Pro
Software: Iris, Patrick Chevalley’s Cartes du Ciel, PHD guiding, Noel Carboni’s Astro Tools for PhotoShop, GradientXterminator
Filters: Hutech IDAS-LPS-FF
Dates: Aug. 11, 2007
Locations: Maurice Louisiana
Frames: 22×120″ ISO1600
Integration: 0.7 hours
Avg. Moon age: 27.55 days
Avg. Moon phase: 4.37%
Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 4.00